Kick off mealtime with these fun green recipes that skip the food dye but still pack a punch of color. Perfect for anyone cautious about artificial additives but still wanting to keep meals exciting, especially for kids. These naturally vibrant dishes are a hit for St. Patrick’s Day or any day you want to add a little magic to the menu.

Green oatmeal in a bow with nut butter and chopped nuts.
Green Oatmeal. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.
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Green Pancakes

Green Pancakes. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

Kick off St. Patrick’s Day with these spinach pancakes. They’re easy to whip up, enjoyable for both kids and adults, and naturally green, making them a fun, festive choice without any artificial colors.
Get the Recipe: Green Pancakes

Arugula Pesto

A bowl of green arugula pesto on a wooden table.
Arugula Pesto. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

Give your pesto a peppery update with arugula, blended with garlic, walnuts, and parmesan. This green sauce is great for sprucing up your St. Patrick’s Day spread, from pasta to veggies.
Get the Recipe: Arugula Pesto

Cold Avocado Soup

Cold avocado soup garnished with diced jalapeno, cilantro and olive oil.
Cold Avocado Soup. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

For a refreshing touch to your St. Patrick’s Day, this cold avocado soup blends creamy textures with a hint of guacamole and gazpacho vibes. It’s a light and refreshing starter or meal.
Get the Recipe: Cold Avocado Soup

Penne with Pesto

Penne with mint pesto and ground lamb.
Penne with Pesto. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

This dish combines penne with a flavorful lamb and mint pesto, offering a hearty meal that’s perfect for adding a bit of green to your St. Patrick’s Day celebration.
Get the Recipe: Penne with Pesto

Healthy Shamrock Shake

Healthy Shamrock Shake. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

Enjoy a homemade version of the classic Shamrock Shake this St. Patrick’s Day. This recipe is a healthier alternative that still captures the spirit of the holiday with its green hue and refreshing taste.
Get the Recipe: Healthy Shamrock Shake

Radish Greens Pesto

Radish greens pesto in a glass jar on a wooden plate with a serving spoon.
Radish Greens Pesto. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

Don’t toss those radish greens! Turn them into a pesto that’s perfect for pasta, as a sauce, or a spread. It adds a creative green twist to your St. Patrick’s Day dishes.
Get the Recipe: Radish Greens Pesto

Matcha Mint Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream

Matcha mint chocolate chip ice cream in a bowl with mint leaves and matcha.
Matcha Mint Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

Dive into the creamy goodness of matcha mint ice cream with chocolate chunks. Made with coconut milk, it’s a decadent treat that brings a pop of green to your dessert table for St. Patrick’s Day.
Get the Recipe: Matcha Mint Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream

Chocolate Matcha Shortbread Cookies

Green cookies with chocolate drizzle on a baking sheet.
Chocolate Matcha Shortbread Cookies. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

These matcha shortbread cookies with a chocolate drizzle are the perfect snack. Buttery and crisp, they’re ideal for pairing with your favorite beverage on St. Patrick’s Day.
Get the Recipe: Chocolate Matcha Shortbread Cookies

Blueberry Avocado Pancakes

Avocado pancakes with blueberries and a poached egg on top.
Blueberry Avocado Pancakes. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

Start your morning with these avocado pancakes, loaded with blueberries. Topped with a poached egg, they strike the perfect balance for a St. Patrick’s Day breakfast.
Get the Recipe: Blueberry Avocado Pancakes

Chicken Saag

Chicken Saag. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

This chicken saag recipe brings you close to restaurant-quality spinach and chicken curry. It’s a quick and easy way to enjoy a hearty, green-themed meal for St. Patrick’s Day.
Get the Recipe: Chicken Saag

Matcha Bread

Matcha almond bread cut into slices.
Matcha Bread. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

Enjoy this moist and aromatic bread flavored with matcha. It’s a great addition to your St. Patrick’s Day menu, offering a subtle green hue and the benefits of green tea.
Get the Recipe: Matcha Bread

Apricot Green Smoothie

Apricot Green Smoothie. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

This smoothie blends roasted apricots with a healthy green boost. It’s a refreshing way to start St. Patrick’s Day, keeping things light and nutritious.
Get the Recipe: Apricot Green Smoothie

Spirulina Smoothie

Spirulina smoothie in a glass with hemp seeds and straw.
Spirulina Smoothie. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

Packed with nutrients, this smoothie is a great way to enjoy spirulina. With tropical flavors from mango and banana, it’s a deliciously green way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.
Get the Recipe: Spirulina Smoothie

Green Oatmeal

Green oatmeal in a bow with nut butter and chopped nuts.
Green Oatmeal. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

Sneak some veggies into your breakfast with this green oatmeal. Made with spinach, it’s a healthy start to St. Patrick’s Day, and you won’t even taste the greens!
Get the Recipe: Green Oatmeal

Leek Apple Cheddar Soup

A bowl of apple cheddar leek soup with chopped nuts.
Leek Apple Cheddar Soup. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

This leek, apple, and cheddar soup is a creamy and sweet option, topped with walnuts and cranberries. It’s a comforting choice for St. Patrick’s Day, bringing a subtle green touch to your table.
Get the Recipe: Leek Apple Cheddar Soup

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